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Tommy Joseph | First Baseman | #19

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / SF

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Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.
He's inexplicably on the pine while the slumping Ryan Howard starts at first base and hits cleanup. Joseph is hitting .290/.294/.516 with two homers and four RBI in his first 31 at-bats. May 28 - 10:40 AM

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Tommy Joseph doubled and ripped a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Joseph's dinger in the sixth inning tied the game before the Tigers went back ahead for good the next inning. Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in the same game, and you've got to wonder how long it will be before the Phillies give Joseph a shot as their everyday first baseman.
May 23 - 10:32 PM

Tommy Joseph went 3-for-4 and ripped his first major league home run in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

Joseph lined a ball down the left field line at Citizens Bank Park that hit the foul pole just over the wall. He then added singles in his next two plate appearances. Joseph is going to start at first base against lefties and should steal some time over Ryan Howard against righties, too. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, especially where he's eligible at catcher.
May 17 - 10:33 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of 1B Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Joseph had to give up catching due to concussion issues, but he's found himself with the bat again this season, batting .347/.370/.611 with six homers for Lehigh Valley. He figures to serve as a platoon mate at first base with Ryan Howard but could earn starts against righties, too, if he hits. Joseph is starting at first and batting sixth against lefty Brandon Finnegan on Friday.
May 13 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies have called up Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move isn't official yet, but it isn't a surprise after Jim Salisbury of reported earlier this week that the Phils were mulling a promotion of Joseph. The former catcher prospect has moved to first base following concussion issues and has hit .347/.370/.611 with six homers for Lehigh Valley. At the very least, he would figure to start at first against lefties, pushing the disappointing Darin Ruf to the bench or possibly the minors.
May 13 - 11:43 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies could soon call up Tommy Joseph.

Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf are underperforming in a first-base platoon, and Joseph boasts a .368/.391/.655 batting line with six home runs and 17 RBI through 25 games this season at the Triple-A level. Salisbury notes that the Phillies' upcoming schedule is filled with left-handed starters, which could provide a nice introduction for the righty-swinging Joseph. He is a 24-year-old former second-round pick who converted from catcher to first base last season following a string of concussions. There might be reason to stash the guy in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. He'd definitely be worth a shot in NL-only formats.
May 11 - 9:30 AM

Phillies sent C/1B Tommy Joseph outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move clears Joseph from the 40-man roster. The former catching prospect spent a fair amount of time at first base in the minors, as he's dealt with multiple concussions in the course of his career and the Phillies wanted to shift him over. In 58 minor league games this season, he hit .241/.290/.392. with six homers and 28 RBI.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 03:09:00 PM

The Phillies are converting former catcher prospect Tommy Joseph to a first baseman.

Joseph was once a nice prospect behind the plate, but he's dealt with numerous concussions and the Phils have finally decided enough is enough. "He’s not going to catch going forward," said director of player development Joe Jordan. "We’re not going to expose him to that type of risk. Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again." Joseph is hitting just .123/.135/.178 this season and it's fair to question whether he has enough bat to profile at first base.
Source: CSN Philly
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Phillies prospect catcher Tommy Joseph said Tuesday that he hasn't been diagnosed with another concussion.

Joseph was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he said the move was just precautionary based on his history. It's unclear how much time the 23-year-old will need to miss, but clearly the Phillies aren't going to take any chances.
Tue, May 12, 2015 03:11:00 PM

Phillies prospect catcher Tommy Joseph was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to a concussion.

Joseph has dealt with multiple concussions in recent years, so this is alarming news. It's probably about time that a position change is considered for the 23-year-old.
Tue, May 12, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Phillies reassigned C Tommy Joseph to minor league camp.

The 23-year-old backstop went just 2-for-13 (.154) with five strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. The former top prospect is expected to begin the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he'll continue to serve as catching depth.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 09:25:00 AM

Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Tuesday.

Joseph was once a nice catching prospect, but he's dealt with multiple concussions in recent years and will now have another season cut short due to injury. The 23-year-old hit .282/.345/.551 with five homers over 21 Double-A games this year.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Phillies catching prospect was activated from the disabled list and started at catcher for Double-A Reading on Saturday.

Joseph has a long history of concussions, so his activation is a good sign. The Phillies are monitoring Joseph closely, as many studies have shown the increasing chances of long-term injury with additional head injury. The developmental time and injury risk have pushed Joseph down many of the prospect lists, and another injury could force him to retire.
Sun, May 4, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph has been placed on Double-A Reading's disabled list with a possible concussion.

Joseph suffered the head injury on Friday. It's especially concerning because the 22-year-old catcher has a history of concussions and was limited to 36 games because of them last season. "Oh yeah," general manager Ruben Amaro said. "Absolutely. We are worried about him."
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 09:37:00 AM

According to Phillies minor league director Joe Jordan, Tommy Joseph will begin the 2014 season back at Double-A Reading.

The 22-year-old backstop appeared in just 36 minor league games in 2013 due to concussion issues. Widely regarded as one of the top offensive catching prospects in the game, he's unlikely to contribute anything of value to fantasy leagues in 2014.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 04:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2David Lough
3Cody Asche
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Adam Morgan
7Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Mario Hollands